Second woman accuses Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct

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Joshua Roberts/REUTERS/NewscomChristine Blasey Ford has agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday about her sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who will also take questions from the senators about the matter.

Mark Judge, the friend who was allegedly in the room with Kavanaugh and Ford, denied having any recollection of the party.

When she first told a US lawmaker her harrowing allegation of a 1982 high-school sexual assault at the hands of a prep-school kid now poised to become one of America's most powerful judges, she was just an anonymous psychology professor in California - and wanted to stay that way.

But they say the Republican-controlled Senate panel hasn't said who will be asking questions of her and Kavanaugh.

Regarding Ford's testimony, there are still unresolved procedural and logistical issues, her lawyers said, including whether the Judiciary Committee's Republican senators, who are all male, or staff attorneys would question her. Ford's lawyers said "various senators have been dismissive of her account and should have to shoulder their responsibility to ask her questions". Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told "Fox News Sunday".

"I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name - and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building - against these last-minute allegations", Kavanaugh said in the statement.

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But he added "unless there's something more" to back up her accusation, he's "not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh's life over this".

The person says that lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford and bipartisan representatives of the committee came to the tentative agreement Saturday.

"If one Republican senator should decide that Dr Ford's allegations, assertions, are true, and that they are serious, it could make a big difference in the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh", Durbin said.

In a statement provided by the White House, Kavanaugh denies the event ever happened.

First it was a demand for an FBI investigation of Christine Blasey Ford's claim of sexual abuse by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Ford's husband, Russell Ford, was quoted by The Post on Saturday as saying the thought Kavanaugh could be considered for the Supreme Court after Trump took office troubled her so much that she considered moving as far away as New Zealand.

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Though Kavanaugh has found support in the wake of Ford's allegations from some Republican lawmakers and other allies, the allegations have resulted in an outpouring of support for Ford from activist organizations, sexual assault survivors and other women and supporters.

The agreement sets the stage for a dramatic showdown as Kavanaugh and Ford each tell their side of the story. As of Sunday afternoon, Ford's attorneys have announced that a deal has been reached for her to testify on Thursday.

The panel's top Democrat Dianne Feinstein and Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stressed in a letter to Trump that background investigations on judicial nominees have been reopened more than 10 times in the past three months alone when new facts came to light. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, one of the most outspoken defenders of Ford, said she had difficulty believing Kavanaugh because her concerns about his credibility predated Ford's allegations.

That's because Republicans are expected to maintain control of the Senate, but if Democrats gain control, they probably won't confirm a second Trump nominee to the Supreme Court.

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of IL, also a Judiciary Committee member, questioned why Ford would have come forward if the allegation wasn't true. "It's also unremarkable that Ms. Keyser does not remember attending a specific gathering 30 years ago at which nothing of outcome happened to her. Dr. Ford, of course, will never forget this gathering because of what happened to her there".

The hearing scheduling announcement comes two days after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seemed to discount the allegations or their potential effect on confirmation of Kavanaugh, who is now a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. And in an email obtained by USA TODAY, a lawyer for a woman Ford also said was at the house said she didn't know Kavanaugh and that she did not remember the party. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private conversations.

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